Jesus: Our Life and Message Part 1
Jesus: Our Life and Message Part 1
14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, 15 if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. 16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:14-16 ESV)
- Christians are in the household of God.
Ephesians 2:12-22 tells us how to enter the household of God.
12 Remember that you (Gentiles) were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (ESV)
The closer we draw near to God, the closer we can be in fellowship with one another.
- The household of God is the church of the living God.
Something extraordinary happens when the family of God gathers together for worship and fellowship.
People who walk with Jesus have a desire to worship with his saints. God places that longing within us. Furthermore, the Bible instructs us in Hebrews 10 to stir up one another to love and do good works by gathering together. Therefore, Sunday is an important day for us to assemble, and we should be eager to do so.
- The church is a pillar and buttress of the truth.
The word translated “buttress” means foundation, and pillars are vital aspects of a structure. The church’s soundness and beauty are in the biblical truth.
In today’s passage, God compels people in two ways who have given themselves in faith to Jesus and connected to his church: to demonstrate and declare gospel truth.
Demonstrate true Gospel living.
Gospel living is the result of being transformed by the Holy Spirit and his word.
4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4 ESV)
14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5: 14-15, 17 ESV)
Christian living is not attempting to accomplish the perceived expectations of God or others—it is not striving to live the righteous standard of God. Instead, gospel living is being at peace with God, knowing that he forgives our sin and erases our debt of sin. God sources our gospel living in the resurrection of Jesus and empowers it from the Holy Spirit whose nature and presence live with us.
Gospel living is knowing God’s love and grace freely given to us in Jesus and choosing to walk by faith in the new life, mind, and identity Christ shares with us.
Declare the Gospel truth.
Paul declares an anthem of truth about Jesus.
The first: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit.
The second: seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations.
The third: believed on in the world, taken up in glory.